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TURTLES All THE WAY DOWN

by John Green (2017)

Genre: Novel, Young Adult Fiction

Recommended Age:  13+ readers

Rating Scale

Educational value: ​​ 5/5

Positive message: ​5/5

Positive role models: ​3/5

Violence: ​2/5

Sex: 1/5

Language:​3/5

Drinking, drugs, smoking:​1/5

Consumerism:​ 0/5

In the unprecedented year that is 2020, the world is full of one big question: “why is this happening?” Turtles All The Way Down by John Green answers this question beautifully, by not answering it at all. Sometimes there are no answers to life's biggest questions, certainly not in the exceptional life of Aza Holmes. This coming of age novel takes readers deep inside sixteen year old Aza Holmes’ brain, as she struggles to cope with the loss of her father, obsessive compulsive disorder, a missing person, and her first love.

In more ways than one, the life of Aza Holmes will resonate with you. Whether it be learning to cope with mental illness, the butterflies of your first love, or the anxieties of growing up. John Green perfectly captures how it feels to be lost in your own world. Each chapter will have readers captivated and moved by the unknowingness that is Aza Holmes, as she  learns to accept everything in life she cannot change. 

Turtles All The Way Down paints a new definition of “normal.” If you are looking for a read that does not just touch on the struggle of mental illness, but a universal human struggle, then Turtles All The Way Down is a must read!

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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Looking For Alaska

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The Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger 

All the Light we Cannot See

by Anthony Doer

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ISSUE NO. 4 | APRIL/MAY 2021 | VOLUME 2